It’s been 60 years since poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti decided to open City Lights Bookstore in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach. It was the first all-paperback bookstore in the country to also serve as a publishing house, a business move that changed the game of book selling forever. It didn’t take long for City Lights to become the center of the beat literary scene – by the 1960s it was practically home to writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

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High school students are looking for material that they can relate to. In this commentary, student Frances Saux from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco realizes she's not connecting with her work as much as she could and that there's a specific reason why. / East Bay Bike Coalition

This weekend brings not just Mother’s Day, but National Garden Day, too! Find out some ways to celebrate them both – and where you can exercise your mind and body – in this week’s Arts/Culture/Weekend!

Your Call's best books of 2012

Dec 19, 2012

See the full list of recommendations from our bookworld specialists, and from other listeners!

On the today's Your Call, we’ll ask Green Apple Books, Kevin Hunsanger, and Booksmith’s, Christin Evans, to share  their recommendations for the best books of the year.  Do you have friends or family you’d love to give a book to if only you had a recommendation?  What’s your book gift idea and what are you reading?  It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Kevin Hunsanger, co-owner of Green Apple Books

Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith